The Dangers of Scaffolds

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Workplace Accidents/ Disability Benefits | 0 comments

The scaffolding that was almost as long a city block in downtown Houston collapsed in October of 2015. Long pieces of metal and wood laid scattered in front of the apartment complex that was under construction; it was an accident that injured six of the 200 construction workers working at the site.

The continuous increase in the number of high-rise construction jobs plus restoration of the aesthetic appearance of many old buildings in the U.S. have resulted to an increase in the number of workers needed to work on scaffolds to be able to reach the exteriors of tall buildings. In fact, more than a million construction workers are said to be working on scaffolds every day, which means more than a million lives always in danger.

A scaffold is a provisional structure that supports workers and the materials they will use in the construction, repair and maintenance of man-made structures like buildings and bridges; it is either suspended from above or supported from below.

Due to the many incidences of collapsing scaffolds in the past, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an off-shoot of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) of 1970 and which is charged with the regulation and enforcement of the OSH Act mandate of creating a safe and healthy working environment for all employees, saw it fit to impose a standard on scaffoldings in the hope of reducing incidences of falls or collapse which lead to injuries or workers’ death.

The law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® agrees that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous career fields in the U.S.; it is also very aware that accidents which injure construction workers can most likely result to a number of daunting consequences, such as loss of income, due to time spent in recovery and costly bills for medical treatment. This is why the firm strongly emphasizes the importance of an injured worker understanding his or her legal rights and options in seeking the compensation that he or she may have a legal right to receive.

A scaffold that is not firmly assembled, not supported well from above or poorly maintained can most likely fail when used. After an accident, one important question is whose act of negligence was it that caused the scaffold to collapse. A highly-competent personal injury lawyer or construction accident lawyer may be able to provide the victim all the legal assistance necessary, including investigating further into matters relating to the accident, and in helping the victim determine if his/her case is worth pursuing legally.

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Everything You Need to Know About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted by on Oct 24, 2015 in Workplace Accidents/ Disability Benefits | 0 comments

Carpal tunnel is a passageway located on the palm side of the wrist. This tunnel is composed of connective tissues and bones that connect the forearm to the other portions of the upper extremities. Apart from these connective structures, carpal tunnel also houses the median nerve, which connects the upper limbs to a network of nerve attached to the spine (brachial plexus).

The median nerve is the only nerve that passes through the carpal tunnel. However, injury to the carpal tunnel may result in the median nerve being compressed or ‘pinched.’ This medical condition is called carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS. This condition is characterized with weakness, numbness, and a tingling sensation in the affected upper limb. According to the website of WorkSTEPS, CTS primarily affects workers subjected to forceful and repetitive hand motions, such as those working in slaughter houses and factories. Those who are doing clerical and secretarial work are also at risk.

The symptoms associated with CTS may greatly affect your productivity. In fact, a Des Moines disability benefits lawyer may say that CTS has been associated with a number of short term disability applications in the country. Furthermore, because CTS can damage a person’s fine motor skills, this condition may profoundly narrow down the tasks that a person can accomplish, and thus may affect his/her capacity to make a living.

If you are prone to CTS and are experiencing numbness, weakness, and a tingling sensation in one or both of your arms, visit your physician right away for a CTS diagnosis. After studying your symptoms and medical history, your doctor may perform a series of tests to rule out other musculoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis and bone fractures. These tests may include nerve conduction tests to measure how well your forearm receives electrical impulses, and imaging tests such as X-rays.

If you are at high risk because of the nature of your work, you may also do some preventive measures to reduce your chance of having CTS. For instance, ensure that you are using only ergonomically-sound tools and equipment while at work. You may also consider talking with your supervisor about getting short but regular breaks to stretch your forearms, especially if your tasks involve repetitive hand motions.

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